Bastiman ‘must not just hold an internal review’

Labour leader Cllr Steve Siddons
Labour leader Cllr Steve Siddons

Scarborough’s Labour Group has demanded immediate action in the wake of the Marriott case – and says that council leader Derek Bastiman must not succeed in his suggestion of holding an internal inquiry.

Labour Leader Steve Siddons arranged an immediate meeting with the Council Leader Derek Bastiman once he received the judgment.

After the meeting, Cllr Siddons said: “The serious accusation of inappropriate personal use of council contractors by officers was not properly investigated.

“I have demanded all officers, not just those allocating contracts, are forbidden from using council contractors for any personal work. I have been assured by the council leader he agrees.

“But I have also asked for the other substantial failings to be investigated by someone outside the council.”

He added:“The council leader has suggested the council can investigate these areas itself.

“We will move for an independent investigation at the full council next month. The judge ruled that the council’s whistleblowing procedure had been ignored.

"We need answers to why the investigation was not done properly and why the council’s ‘Irregularity Response Team’- which would have included the senior officers: the chief executive, the S151 officer and the Monitoring Officer - did not look at the allegations.

“That inquiry can’t be done by our own officers. Once an outside investigation is complete, actions may be required but these should not be prejudged.”